Press Releases

12.12.13

This is The Affordable Care Act: Up to 310,000 Wisconsin Children with Pre-Existing Conditions Can No Longer Be Denied Health Coverage

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released figures highlighting the number of children in Wisconsin with pre-existing conditions who, thanks to the Affordable Care Act, will be protected from discrimination based on their health. Baldwin joined her Senate colleagues Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Angus King (I-ME), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) at a press conference on Capitol Hill today to highlight the issue. As many as 2,489,279 non-elderly Wisconsinites have some type of pre-existing h… Continue Reading


12.11.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Budget Act

Washington, DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today made the following statement regarding the Bipartisan Budget Act. "The bipartisan budget agreement isn't perfect, but it is progress that will help break this destructive pattern of drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next. This agreement is a fair bargain that invests in middle class families, reduces the deficit, and rolls back the arbitrary cuts of sequestration that have slowed economic growth and cost our economy jobs. It is importa… Continue Reading


12.10.13

Wisconsin Continues to Pay a Price for Failing to Strengthen BadgerCare through the Affordable Care Act

Washington, DC - Today, Senator Tammy Baldwin renewed her call for Governor Scott Walker to seize the opportunity to strengthen BadgerCare through the Affordable Care Act. "Wisconsin continues to pay a price for Governor Walker's insistence on putting politics ahead of what's best for our state," said Baldwin. "He has refused to accept an investment to strengthen our BadgerCare program and instead he continues to take Wisconsin down a fiscally irresponsible path that covers fewer people at a hi… Continue Reading


12.10.13

U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin and Edward Markey Preserve Public Access to Local Television Channels, Ensure Diversity of Programming

Washington, DC - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Edward Markey (D-MA) today introduced the Community Access Preservation (CAP) Act, legislation to ensure public access to local television programming. "The 80-plus public, educational, and governmental access channels in the state of Wisconsin deliver invaluable public programming on a daily basis, commercial free and with the sole purpose of informing and educating our communities," said Baldwin. "As local budgets tighten and television d… Continue Reading


11.22.13

Baldwin, Klobuchar Join in Friendly Wager on This Weekend's Minnesota-Wisconsin Football Games

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today joined in a friendly wager on this weekend's Minnesota-Wisconsin football games. With the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers playing the University of Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday and the Minnesota Vikings playing the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, the senators wagered Wisconsin bratwurst and cheese against a Minnesota Jennie-O turkey and wild rice - one dish for each game. "While I'm sure Senator Baldwin's office… Continue Reading


11.21.13

Baldwin and Thune Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Efficiency in Healthcare Delivery, Reduce Costs

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and John Thune (R-S.D.) today introduced bipartisan legislation that increases the transparency of healthcare costs in Medicare - helping doctors, health systems, private insurers, and research institutions provide more efficient, higher quality healthcare and better patient outcomes. "Medicare is the single largest payer of healthcare services in the country, spending over $600 billion each year. But we have very little access to what we are … Continue Reading


11.19.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Military Sexual Assault

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Military Sexual Assault Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a bipartisan group of Senate women in speaking out on the Senate floor working to support historic change in an ongoing effort to address military sexual assault. Senator Baldwin's speech highlighted the story of Rachel from La Crosse, Wis., a survivor of military sexual assault who has turned her pain and courage into a platform for advocacy and service t… Continue Reading


11.14.13

Statement from U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on Governor Walker’s New BadgerCare Proposal

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin made the following statement regarding Governor Walker's new BadgerCare proposal. "I supported building a Wisconsin-made, state-based Health Insurance Marketplace for individuals and small businesses and I joined others in encouraging the Walker Administration to take that path. State-run marketplaces are working across the country and enrolling people but Governor Walker chose to rely on the federal government's website. In fact, 74 percent of the enro… Continue Reading


11.14.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Introduces Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today introduced the Freedoms and Privacy Act of 2013, legislation that strengthens transparency, oversight and accountability on National Security Agency domestic surveillance. "Over ten years ago, I voted against the USA PATRIOT Act because I believed it would open the door to government overreach. We have now seen that secret, domestic surveillance programs at the National Security Agency have crossed the line," Baldwin said. "I believe that we must… Continue Reading


11.13.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Stands up to Attacks on Women’s Freedoms, Introduces the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2013

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined her colleagues Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and U.S. Representatives Judy Chu (D-CA-27), Marcia Fudge (D-OH-11), and Lois Frankel (D-FL-22) to introduce the Women's Health Protection Act of 2013, legislation that will protect the constitutional, reproductive rights of women to make their own, private health decisions. "In Wisconsin and in states across the country, politicians have been standing between women… Continue Reading


11.12.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Offers Solutions to Governor Walker on his Plan to Move Wisconsinites off BadgerCare and Into ACA Marketplace

Washington D.C. - As a result of Governor Scott Walker's decision to reject an opportunity to strengthen Wisconsin's BadgerCare program through a federal partnership and investment, an estimated 77,000 Wisconsinites will lose their health insurance coverage on January 1, 2014 unless they enroll in the federal Health Insurance Marketplace created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) by December 15. Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin sent a letter to Governor Scott Walker raising concerns about Walker… Continue Reading


11.07.13

Statement of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin on President Obama’s Nomination of James D. Peterson for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Today, President Barack Obama nominated James D. Peterson for the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin released the following statement: "I applaud the President's nomination of James D. Peterson to serve as a Federal District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin. Mr. Peterson will make an outstanding federal judge, and his nomination marks an important step forward in filling a judgeship that has been vacant for nearly six… Continue Reading


11.07.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on Bipartisan Senate Passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today made the below statement following the Senate's vote to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA) with strong bipartisan support, 64-32. Baldwin is an original cosponsor of the legislation with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME). "I couldn't be more proud of the bipartisan effort to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. Today, America took a strong step forward and… Continue Reading


11.05.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Announces FEMA Assistance to Firefighter Grant Applications Now Open

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has opened the application process for the Fiscal Year 2013 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (AFG). The application period will close on Friday, December 6, 2013. The grants are available to help fire departments and nonaffiliated Emergency Management Service organizations meet their firefighting and emergency response needs. The AFG Pr… Continue Reading


11.04.13

U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Delivers Senate Floor Speech on Bipartisan Employee Non-Discrimination Act

Washington D.C. - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today delivered remarks on the floor of the United States Senate regarding this afternoon's upcoming vote to move forward in considering the Employee Non-Discrimination Act of 2013 (ENDA). Baldwin is an original cosponsor of the legislation with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Mark Kirk (R-IL), Tom Harkin (D-IA), and Susan Collins (R-ME). "Every American deserves the freedom to work free of discrimination," said Baldwin. "And passing the Employment N… Continue Reading


11.01.13

Baldwin Joins Bipartisan Group of Colleagues Urging HHS to Release Winter Heat Aid

Washington, D.C - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today joined a bipartisan group of 40 Senators calling on the Obama Administration to release federal heating aid funds in an effort to help millions of Americans who are struggling with their energy bills. The bipartisan group of Senators sent a letter to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urging her to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds as quickly and at as high a level as pos… Continue Reading


10.30.13

At First Meeting of Budget Conference Committee, Senator Baldwin Calls for Fair Bargain that Creates Economic Growth

Washington, D.C - At the first meeting of the Budget Conference Committee, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a member of the Senate Budget Committee, called for a bipartisan budget resolution that produces a fair bargain for the American people that puts progress ahead of politics and creates economic growth. Click here for video of Senator Baldwin's statement. Budget Conference CommitteeOpening Statement as delivered of Senator Tammy Baldwin Well I've heard some real notes of agreement, including … Continue Reading


10.29.13

U.S. Senator Baldwin Co-Sponsors Bipartisan USA FREEDOM Act

Washington DC - U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin today announced her support as an original co-sponsor of USA FREEDOM Act, bipartisan legislation that that seeks to restore Americans' privacy rights by ending the government's dragnet collection of phone records and requiring greater oversight, transparency, and accountability with respect to domestic surveillance authorities. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairman of the Crime and … Continue Reading


10.29.13

U.S. Senator Baldwin Joins Manufacturing Jobs for America Effort

WASHINGTON - A group of 22 U.S. Senators has come together to launch a campaign to get Washington to refocus on manufacturing jobs. The Manufacturing Jobs for America initiative aims to build bipartisan support for legislation that will modernize America's manufacturing sector, help American manufacturers grow and create jobs, and assist American workers in getting the skills to succeed in the next generation of manufacturing jobs. The effort has been launched around four organizing principles:… Continue Reading


10.28.13

Senator Baldwin Joins Colleagues to Protect Food Stamps for Wisconsin Children, Families, Seniors in Farm Bill Conference

Washington, DC - Ahead of the first public meeting of the Senate and House 2013 Farm Bill conference committee this Wednesday, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin joined a coalition of 38 Senators, led by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), urging the conferees to fight against harmful cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Senators also urged the conference committee to reject all eligibility changes that would prevent millions of children, seniors, and families facing a consta… Continue Reading

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